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Calm prevails in Ferguson after shooting of police officers

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Protesters called for calm but vowed to keep pushing for change in Ferguson a day after the shooting of two officers in front of the city’s police department heightened tensions. Protesters called for calm but vowed to keep pushing for change in Ferguson a day after the shooting of two officers in front of the city’s police department heightened tensions.
FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

By: KMOV.com staff & Associated Press

FERGSUON, Mo. (KMOV.com/AP) – Protesters called for calm but vowed to keep pushing for change in Ferguson a day after the shooting of two officers in front of the city's police department heightened tensions.

Dozens gathered for a candlelight vigil Thursday night. They prayed for the officers and for peace as the city moves forward in the wake of a Justice Department report alleging racial bias in its law-enforcement practices.

Photos from Thursday night's protest / Mobile

A larger crowd gathered later outside the police department. The protesters stopped traffic and took over South Florissant Road as they walked in front of the building.

Police say, unlike the previous night, no arrests were made and no injuries to protesters, or police, were reported.

“It's not every day that a fellow officer gets shot, gets hurt. So this is an ugly reminder for us. It's one of the hazards of this profession and it certainly plays into the minds and thought process,” Said St. Louis County Lt. Jerry Lohr. “Guys coming out here tonight, versus two weeks ago, it's a different mindset because now it's become a reality.”

Some protesters called for the resignation of Ferguson's mayor and some for the disbanding of the police department. Others were there to remember Michael Brown, whose shooting death by a Ferguson police officer in August made the city a national focal point.

During the day Thursday, it was announced that St. Louis County and the Missouri State Highway Patrol would take control of any protesting detail in Ferguson.

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